Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Supporting the Constitution

About 200 people, many of them children, who support the US Constitution came to the Arizona State Capitol earlier today to show their opposition to some Arizona lawmakers’ efforts to strip out the Constitution’s 14th Amendment
Some Republicans in State Senate want to pass a state law that would prohibit citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants born in the US. In spite of the wording of the 14th Amendment, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
The State Senate held hearings this afternoon to discuss the proposed law. In a rare bit of Republican disharmony, the Republican sponsor of bill withheld it from a vote because he couldn’t get enough GOP votes to pass it out of committee. That doesn’t mean the bill is dead - he could shop it around to a more receptive committee - but it does put the bill on legislative life support.